Hi, I am Julie from SC, Hubster is Randall. We are going on our first cruise in May!:green: We have also never been to Alaska so it is a first too! love the kroooz cams!
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Hi , I am on the Carnival Spirit, May 17,2006. We leave from Vancouver BC and stop in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka. I am really excited about going!:mrgreen:Dani said:Hi there,
What ship are you sailing on ? What ports are you visiting ?
We have been to Alaska. Loved Sitka Island and Skagway the most.
May is a great time to go. Not crowded and the weather will be brisk.
Believe it or not in the summer it can get Hot up there.
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jrmende63 said:I have already said I'm excited about going...but I can't contain the excitement! I go to Alaska boards every day! I read all the reviews I can find! My hubster says I should become a travel agent because I will know all there is to know by the time our trip gets here. NOT!!! I always can use more info!
Has anyone been before? to Alaska I mean? I am wondering about some of the excursions.
this is what we have planned so far:
our vacation starts on May 13th. We drive to Indiana from SC and pick up the MIL and FIL. And visit with all of our family that lives in Indiana. Fly to Vancouver BC on May 16th. Spend the night at the Sandman Airport. get a good nights sleep and wake up refreshed and ready to board the Carnival Spirit on May 17.
Seaday on May 18...attend wine class I hope, among other fun things
Try using the hottubs on your sea day. It is really excillarating to be neck deep in hot water (steam all around you) while sailing past snow covered mountain peaks.
May 19th Ketchikan: I am thinking of either walking around on Creek st and shopping or doing Sourdough tours, best of Ketchikan. Takes you to Totem Bight and Saxman, Dolly's house for $45 pp.
I'm not much of a shopper, but I did find Ketchikan had the best prices for T-Shirts and such. Good place to stock up. It rains here a lot, afterall Southeast Alaska is a rainforest. Don't forget your bumpershoot! One of the things Ketchikan is famous for is the float planes. You can do a floatplane to the Misty Fjords which is spectacular. I've done it with Island Wings with a 30 minute landing in the fjords and through the cruiseline with a floatplane there and a small boat back. I found the boat ride back to be too long and prefered the air both ways.
May 20th Juneau: Temsco helicopters are taking hubster and I to Mendenhall Glacier ( you see our surname is Mendenhall, so it is OUR glacier!) The Mil and Fil are going to do goldpanning and salmon bake in Juneau. I also want to go to the Mendenhall visitor center and Look around Juneau as well. I also want a halibut sandwhich and Alaskan ale
Don't forget the Red Dog Saloon for a quick toast to all of us! You will love Temsco Helicopters! Anyone who does not do a helicopter excursion when in Alaska will not have those truly spectacular memories. Expensive but worth every dime.
May 21st Skagway: We are all on the WP&YR railroad bright and early with departure at 8:15am! I think we will do some shopping here as well.
I have heard that the tour guide on the Yukon Rail actually jumps into the water at the top of the summit. It was all snow and ice when I was there so no swimming. Maybe it will be warm enough for a pool of water on your trip. Check out the cemetary in Skagway as well as the snow plow engine in front of the train station. You can't believe how much it snows here.
May 22nd Sitka: We are going to go on a wildlife cruise with Sitka Secrets. It is at 12:30- 4pm so I think we might go to the raptor center as well.
Sitka is a charming town/island. Plan for lots of time to just walk around. There is a museum there as well. Raptor center sounds great. You won't believe all of the eagles you are going to see. They are as plentiful as crows at home.
May 23 College Fjords
May 24 Whittier: Post cruise excursion to Mt. Aleyska and Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center. Our flight from ANC does not leave until 1:30 am so we have lots of time to kill. The post cruise excursion is for 6.5 hours and then we plan to have dinner in ANC. :joy: :joy:
So how does it sound? Any suggestions? anything you would do different?
I am game for a Kroooz-cam stalk! Just let me know how, where and when! I would love to be stalked by Krooozers!:mrgreen:Liz said:Maybe save time for a Kroooz-cam stalk at one of the ports????? But it would have to be pre-arranged
What you have planned sounds GREAT to me, but never been there LOTS of us HAVE. Expect they might have some suggestions????